Political Change in Cuba so that Everything Remains the Same
Regardless of how much the Castro brothers try to reinvent their revolution, the old adage of a leopard cannot change its spots appears to be the reality within their fantasy idealism.
Raul Castro was reappointed to a second five-year term as chief of state in February, and thus he could serve until 2018. Meaning that the control of the Castro legacy of iron fisted rule over the long suffering island nation could continue at least until the younger Castro reaches the age of 86.
Yet a hunger that paints this seemingly perpetual regime with fresh hope over a rusted out political vessel, is that challenges are growing as an atrocious record on human rights in a one-party communist state limps on.
While Raul Castro and his brother Fidel continue to tout Cuba’s progress in subterfugal whispers, louder voices with much more reputation for credibility are now drowning out the Castro rhetoric.
Yoani Maria Sanchez Cordero (known internationally as “Yoani Sanchez”), a Cuban blogger and journalist, has achieved worldwide accolades and popularity as she exposes many of the myths of pro-Castro supporters who claim the communist island is a peoples’ paradise.
Yoani (37) has received “multiple international awards for her critical portrayal of life in Cuba under its current government.” Time magazine named her one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2008. Although she professes love for her homeland, among her abundant criticisms she often uses a metaphor, saying that Cubans get free education and health care, but while caged birds get free water they are still caged.
The most discussed world critique, beyond the misery and decades of economic failures of Castro rule and their professed world revolution, is in the well documented record of human tragedy and the abysmal human rights record. Since the early days of Fidel Castro’s rule essential freedoms of association, assembly, movement and expression have been withheld from the people of Cuba, and many citizens who dared to take a stand against the revolutionary oppression have been beaten, tortured, imprisoned and/or killed.
This record has been passed on in a sort of diabolical rite of passage to Raul Castro, who has tiptoed in perceived progress. Reportedly under his watch the Cuban government released “more than 125 prisoners in 2010-2011,” but since 2012 the number of political prisoners has reportedly increased.
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